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Phosphorus is a mineral found in many foods. It is used by every cell in the body. Phosphorus plays important roles in many body functions, such as:
The storage and use of energy by the body.
The growth, maintenance, and repair of tissues and cells.
Phosphorus in Your Diet
Many conditions can cause low phosphorus levels.
Low vitamin D levels
Medicines which keep the body from absorbing phosphorus or cause the body to get rid of phosphorus
Problems with parathyroid glands
Vomiting or diarrhea
Excessive alcohol intake or alcohol abuse
Kidney transplant patients often have levels of phosphorus which are too low
Some signs of low blood phosphorus levels:
How can I increase my phosphorus levels?
Phosphorus supplements can be ordered to help increase low blood levels of phosphorus. Eating foods that contain higher amounts of phosphorus can also help increase blood phosphorus levels.
Foods Higher in Phosphorus
Meats and Protein Foods
Fish (pollock, walleye, swordfish, cod, halibut, salmon, tuna)
Chicken or turkey
Milk and Dairy Products
White and chocolate milk
Cheese and milk casseroles
Some brands of soy milk, and eggnog, ricotta or cottage cheese
Bran, bran products
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts (including soybean nuts)
Peanut butter, nut butters
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Baked potato with skin
Waffle or pancake
Who to Call
If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions, please contact UW Health at one of the phone numbers listed below. You can also visit our website at www.uwhealth.org/nutrition.
Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.
Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770.
If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.